In an office building in suburban Las Vegas, an NHL franchise is taking shape. It has been five months since the NHL awarded Las Vegas an expansion team on June 22. It will be about 11 more months before the team plays its first regular-season game. But as the NHL’s other 30 teams settle into the rhythms of a long season, the Las Vegas franchise, the NHL’s first expansion team since the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Minnesota Wild were added in 2000, is building its staff and expanding its local footprint.
The team checked a big item off its to-do list Tuesday night, unveiling its name, the Vegas Golden Knights, and its blue, black and gold logo in a ceremony outside the new T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip, where the team will play. “The knight never gives up, never gives in, always advances, never retreats,” said Bill Foley, the team’s majority owner. “And that’s what our team is going to be.” Foley, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, had hoped to call the team the Black Knights but encountered resistance, including some from West Point.
In an interview this month, Foley said that he had settled on a name by the end of August and that team representatives had been working with Adidas on a logo since mid-July. It was not ready until late October.